Bor­der Pa­trol to test wear­ing cam­eras

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — The U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol will be­gin test­ing body-worn cam­eras on agents next month, the head of its par­ent agency said Thurs­day, a step to­ward see­ing if the tech­nol­ogy should be used in the field as the govern­ment seeks to blunt crit­i­cism about agents’ use of force.

R. Gil Ker­likowske, Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion com­mis­sioner since March, said a va­ri­ety of cam­eras will be tested be­gin­ning Oct. 1 at the Bor­der Pa­trol’s train­ing acad­emy in Arte­sia, New Mex­ico.

He didn’t say when or even if cam­eras will be in­tro­duced to the roughly 21,000 agents in the field.

“Putting these into place, as you know, is not only com­pli­cated, it’s also ex­pen­sive,” Ker­likowske said at a news con­fer­ence. “We want to make sure that we do this right.”

Ker­likowske, a for­mer Seat­tle po­lice chief, has moved more ag­gres­sively than his pre­de­ces­sors to ad­dress com­plaints that Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion is slow to in­ves­ti­gate in­ci­dents of deadly force and al­leged abuses by agents and in­spec­tors, and that it lacks trans­parency.

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